When Major League Baseball first started seriously investigating the scourge of doping that had infected the game, the goal was obvious: To get to the truth.
Who could have imagined that, about a decade later, one player’s lies would become a driving force behind that mission’s success?
But that’s exactly what those involved in MLB’s assault on performance-enhancing drugs says has happened — the audacious lying of Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee star who’s now come clean about his PED use, has completely altered how pro ballplayers look at doping, and each other.
“Solidarity and deny, deny, deny was the M.O.” Among players until the Braun case, and Alex Rodriguez, tipped the scales, says an MLB source close to its anti-doping program.
“Their denials and subsequently admitting (to doping) and having fooled and sucked in their own teammates and the public has caused an attitude change.”
That’s why ball players are calling out their cheating brothers like never